Lockdown in Scotland: Glasgow reacts to the closure of a sports hall, leisure centers and swimming pools during the review of the level four lockdown

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The Prime Minister today announced that all gyms, recreation centers and swimming pools in areas that fall under Level 4 lockdown restrictions are to close as of Friday.This is despite the city’s gymnasiums devising their own health and safety measures, including social distancing, cleaning equipment, downsizing and wearing masks.

Premier Nicola Sturgeon said: “We advise you to stay in or near your home as much as possible.

“The aim of level 4 is to reduce interactions between people from different households as much as possible, in order to reduce transmission as quickly as possible.

“It means limiting work and social contact. “

All gymnasiums, leisure centers and swimming pools are to close in Glasgow City, north and south Lanarkshire, west and east Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire and east Renfrewshire, south and south east Ayrshire, West Lothian and Stirling.

We asked our readers to Glasgow and direct what they thought of gym closures – and had an overwhelming response.

For many of our readers, going to the gym is not just about fitness, but also fitness of the mind.

Amy Hill is the owner of Body By Amy in Dennistoun, and also runs personal training and gymnastics classes for the deaf community in Glasgow.



Amy Hill in her gym Dennistoun, Body By Amy

Amy a dit Glasgow and direct: “I just feel very deflated. But I’m determined not to let that dictate how I should feel. I’m lucky to have my little studio and being in his first year it definitely went through a rough time.

“I loved being able to help people physically and mentally and I want to continue to do so. When I had to isolate myself a few months ago, doing the 30-40 minute workouts with my clients on the zoom got me through the crisis. I was in that day, we’re just going to have to come back and keep everyone’s endorphins on until we can get back to the gyms.

“I just don’t want anyone to give up on the hard work they’ve put in this year. We’ve been through it once, we know what to expect, so let’s go over it and stay as positive as possible. “

Ally Campbell, owner of Legacy Fitness at Alexandra Parade, was also disappointed, but doing her best to stay positive – and is hoping there will be support for the gyms on the other end.

Ally said, “This is obviously not the best news from a small business perspective, we are approaching Christmas and the closures will obviously have an effect on our revenue. This will certainly affect me as the holidays approach.

“From the member’s perspective there isn’t much to do at the moment and the gym has been a haven for many members – they will be distraught about losing their training facilities over the next few weeks, like it’s the case. A lot of people have escaped the current situation, we will do our best to keep our members engaged with some online challenges and workouts, but I think everyone got sickened with lockdown 1 strength training and zoom workouts!

“Hopefully this will be the last shutdown we face and that gyms and members can get back to some form of normalcy in the new year. Crossed with fingers affairs are supported. Gyms were some of the last to open since the initial lockdown and now we’re back. in the fire. “



Ally Campbell, owner of Legacy Fitness in Glasgow.

AG Fitness in Glasgow, which has two gyms in the city, said: “As a gym owner who has implemented exceptional health and safety measures to ensure the safety of our customers, it is is quite frustrating. However, if we shut down for a few weeks it helps us slow the spread of the virus and save lives, so we can’t really complain, can we? ”

Martin O’Neill is a member of CrossFit in Glasgow. He’s worried about the impact of closing the gym on our mental health.

Martin said: “We book in a training slot, check the temperature on arrival, wear a mask, go to your own training area, where all the equipment you need is cleaned and fitted. There is a break between all workouts and they set it up. some great air conditioning.

“Closing the gym will obviously have an impact on physical health, especially in the winter when outdoor options are minimal. The impact on mental health cannot be underestimated. I felt depressed today (lockdown prospect?) I went to the gym and had a great workout, now I’m feeling a million bucks.

“Tonight I’m playing badminton at the Glasgow Life site with two people recovering from Covid. How will this decision impact their recovery, both physical and mental? Of course, 3 weeks are survivable but do we believe that she won that will not be anymore? ”



Martin’s CrossFit Gym in socially remote Glasgow.

Michael Coyle, a competitive powerlifter who trains in Paisley, credits the gym for more than just his physical health, but also for saving his life. He says he is “discouraged” by the government’s decision.

Michael said: “It’s devastating overall, we keep touting ‘science’ but the science is pretty clear. Gyms do not transmit the virus. My Pro-Life Paisley gym has not had a single track and trace notification since it reopened. It’s ridiculous.

“The gym for me is more than just training. I am a competitive powerlifter and the training is meditation. Not only do I take care of my physical health, but I take care of my mental health.

“I am bipolar, before I found out that training my life was incredibly unstable and I was volatile. I drank a lot, overeat, was known to purge myself, was covered in self-harm, and tried to kill myself three times. training (May 2015 to October 2015)

“I went cold turkey with a max dose of a few different drugs, antipsychotics, and antidepressants and never looked back. Most of the people who know me know how stable and motivated I am, and I can’t begin to probe the self before.

“The training saved my life and it’s incredibly disheartening to watch the government make a decision based on absolutely nothing and pretend it’s science. I understand the situation, but the government’s own data shows gyms are not transmitting, so I really don’t understand the ruling. ”

While exercise outdoors is still allowed, many readers are concerned that it could be dangerous – especially as we are heading into a Scottish winter.

Hannah Francesca said: “As a key worker, working out under stressful conditions, going to the gym after work has saved lives. Throughout the first part of the lockdown, I could just go for a run. I start working at 7 a.m. and finish at 4:30 p.m., I am a 1.50 meter woman. Running in the dark is extremely dangerous for me. ”

Colette McDiarmid also didn’t feel safe training outdoors. She said: “Bad news. My gym has never been cleaner than it is now. As a woman, I cannot go out and exercise all the time. I’m going to have to squeeze through the working day. I can’t just change from 645h training outdoors because I don’t feel safe.



Amy Hill dans Body By Amy

Carla Belkevitz said: “I am so overwhelmed by this. I will have no other choice but to exercise outside when it is dark. I have worked really hard to lose almost 4 stones and have to give up safe exercise. I also work from home in a fairly intense job. I needed this safe space for well-being. ”

Some readers are more supportive of the government’s position to shut down gyms.

Hyndland Maw said, “My daughter is 11 years old, she has autism. His karate classes will be interrupted and this will disrupt his routine and could have an impact on his level of anxiety. However, I am not qualified in public health and believe these things are. put in place for good reason. ”

Another reader named Chloe said: “I’m definitely gutted from their closure, but if it has to be done, it has to be done. ”

Kris Henry said: “Disappointing because the majority of those I saw on my visits were following distancing and cleaning policies, but at the same time if we are to minimize contact it makes sense. The fact that it’s only for three weeks is a bit more helpful than, what felt like an endless lockdown in the spring ”

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